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Latest NOAA Drought Monitor Map Removes All Shades of Extreme And Exceptional Drought From Oklahoma
Thu, 20 May 2021 11:57:09 CDT
Troughing over the western U.S. and ridging over the east resulted in strong southerly flow over the southern and central Plains this past week, leading to widespread heavy rainfall, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor.
The heavy rainfall resulted in widespread removal and improvement in drought conditions from the Front Range east to Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Unfortunately, the northern Plains remained mostly dry.
Much of the southwest remains in extreme and exceptional drought as we transition to a climatologically drier time of year.
To view the U.S. Drought map, click here.
In Oklahoma, we can celebrate the removal of the red and dark red shades of extreme (D3) and exceptional (D4) drought from the state!
Approximately 59.61 percent of Oklahoma is free of any drought or dry conditions, which is almost a 9 percent improvement from last week.
We’re edging closer to our mark of 72.70 percent drought free from three months ago.
One year ago, that number was 72.34 percent.
To view the Oklahoma drought map, click here.
Looking ahead to next week, a warmer and somewhat wetter period is expected for Oklahoma.
To view the 6-10-day temperature outlook, click here.
To view the 6-10-day precipitation outlook, click here.
A dry summer continues to be forecast by NOAA for much of the northwestern U.S. in their 3-month (June-July-August) precipitation outlook. To view this outlook, click here.
There is some good news in the latest seasonal drought outlook as NOAA expects drought removal likely in southwest and southern Oklahoma.
Unfortunately, the drought will persist and intensify for much of the western and southwestern U.S.
To view the new seasonal drought outlook map, click here.
The U.S. Drought Monitor Map is developed through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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